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June 4, 2011 | By Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times
An item that's on millions of kids' meal trays once or twice a day has become the subject of a food fight in school districts around the country, called everything from part of a healthy diet to "soda in drag. " How could a half-pint carton of chocolate milk be so complicated? The new superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, John Deasy, said he will recommend that the school board eliminate chocolate- and strawberry-flavored milk in its next dairy contract for the 650,000 meals it serves daily.
April 28, 2011 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles schools will remove high-sugar chocolate- and strawberry-flavored milk from their lunch and breakfast menus after food activists campaigned for the change, L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy announced this week. Deasy revealed his intent, which will require approval by the Los Angeles Unified Board of Education, during an appearance with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Tuesday night. The policy change is part of a carefully negotiated happy ending between the Los Angeles Unified School District and Oliver.
March 13, 2006 | Janet Cromley, Times Staff Writer
ONE little milk study and everyone's having a cow. For decades, biochemists and physiologists in the dog-eat-dog world of sports drink technology have struggled to find the perfect elixir -- the right balance of carbohydrates, electrolytes, protein and fluid to keep athletes in peak form after various types of exercise.
February 3, 2012 | By David R. Just and Brian Wansink
Last fall, Los Angeles took a hard line on school nutrition. In an attempt to mold better eating habits in kids, the Los Angeles Unified School District eliminated flavored milk, chicken nuggets and other longtime childhood favorites. But instead of making kids healthier, the changes sent students fleeing from school cafeterias. There have been reports of a thriving trade in black-market junk food, of pizzas delivered to side doors and of family-sized bags of chips being brought from home.
March 2, 2011 | By Emily Ventura and Michael Goran
Soft drinks were banned in Los Angeles schools in 2004. But if you think that means kids are protected from too much sugar at school, think again. Children are regularly able to select a school breakfast that contains more added sugar than a can of soda. A popular breakfast offering of Frosted Flakes doused in chocolate milk with a side of coffee cake and a carton of orange juice contains 51 grams of added sugar (or 79 grams of total sugar counting those that occur naturally in the milk and the juice)
July 1, 2013 | By Mary MacVean, This post has been updated. See below for details.
Much of the recent debate over serving milk to children has been about flavored milk: Should it be distributed in schools? Or should the only milk given to children be of the unflavored, reduced-fat variety? Two Harvard scientists known for questioning the conventional wisdom are challenging the idea of making lower-fat milks the only milk options available to children. They note that guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and many health organizations recommend limiting the consumption of beverages that contain calories - such as soda and juice - “except reduced-fat milk, of which people in most age groups are encourage to consume three cups daily.” David Ludwig and Walter Willett question “the scientific rationale for promoting reduced-fat milk consumption at these levels.” They suggest that until there are additional studies, guidelines for milk consumption should designate a range of perhaps zero to three cups, avoid recommending low-fat over whole milk and focus on limiting consumption of flavored milks.
February 11, 2002 | SHELDON MARGEN and DALE A. OGAR
We tend to think of chocolate only in its most recognizable form--as can- dy. It's easy to forget that it is made from a fruit that, like most other fruits, is a rich source of beneficial chemicals. Chocolate and cocoa come from the seeds or beans of the cacao tree, technically known as Theobroma cacao. The heart of the beans are called nibs, which grow in footlong pods.
February 1, 1999 | SHELDON MARGEN and DALE A. OGAR, Dr. Sheldon Margen is professor of public health at UC Berkeley; Dale A. Ogar is managing editor of the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter. They are the authors of several books, including "The Wellness Encyclopedia of Food and Nutrition."
We haven't talked about chocolate for a while, except to comment occasionally that it is truly one of life's great pleasures. Last Christmas, one of Santa's best helpers brought us 4 pounds of the most wonderful chocolates ever made by a naked woman on a horse. So consequently, we have chocolate on the mind--and the fingers. Chocolate and cocoa come from the seeds or beans of the cacao tree, technically known as Theobroma cacao.
October 11, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Most people heading to McDonald's know what to expect: They can get a cheeseburger, fries and a drink. And in November, kids can also get something to read -- 20 million somethings. McDonald's will distribute 20 million print books in Happy Meals from Nov. 1-14. Each book will feature a McDonald's Happy Meal character and, according to the press release, "brings nutrition, imagination and play to life in a fun way. " A similar program was launched in England in January after a successful pilot project.
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